This Week in ATLRetro, Feb. 10-16, 2020

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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Monday, February 10

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary and kicks off tonight, running through Feb. 27 at venues across Atlanta! 529 rocks out with Jeremy & The Clones, Black Cat Rising, Fun Isn’t Fair and The Mystery Men?! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Get your vinyl fix at Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction, every Monday! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, February 11

Gather up all your droogs and make your way to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as they kick off another killer Classics Series with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) at 7pm! geeks it up Anime-style with their Studio Ghibli Art Show! The Fox Theatre presents HELLO DOLLY through Feb. 16! Shimmy it up with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Hearts & Heartbreakers at the Red Light Café! Blues it up with Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s! Get your Americana fix with Dust Bowl Revival at Aisle 5! Spend an evening with Emily King at Eddie’s Attic! Get the rockin’ blues with the Crosstown Allstars at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Virago, Ghost Moths, and The Unapologetic Kind! Soft rock it up with the Eagles at State Farm Arena! Get garage rocked with The Shivas at 529! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s! Hula on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a Ukulele Jam! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, February 12

Get rocked with the Seratones at The Earl! Emory Cinematheque continues their African-Americans in American Film Series with a screening of John Berry’s CLAUDINE (1974) at 7:30pm in White Hall 208! Wussy Wednesdays (WUSSY MAG) return to The Plaza Theater with a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s MOULIN ROUGE (2001) at 8pm! Spend an evening with Emily King at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with Donovan Frankenreiter at City Winery! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema screens Justin Kreutzmann’s concert/documentary, THE DOORS: BREAK ON THRU – A CELEBRATION OF RAY MANZAREK (2018) at 7pm! Get down with Mudcat and The Rattlesnakin’ Daddys at Blind Willie’s! Or spend the night with Bernadette Seacrest at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Catch a screening of James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997) at theatres across Atlanta [Northlake Festival Movie Tavern (Tucker); GTC Merchant’s Walk Cinemas (Marietta); Movie Tavern at Horizon Village (Suwannee); and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (Sandy Springs)! Scream the night away during The Highlander‘s Mad Love Skaryoke! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a screening of Arthur Hiller’s LOVE STORY (1970) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Regal McDonough Stadium 16; and Movie Tavern (Tucker)]! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern for a rockin’ night of blues with the Tyler Neal Band! Get the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, February 13

The van must be a rockin’ cause Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Riders Car Club are gettin’ down at the Clermont Lounge during their Pre-Valentine’s Day Soiree! Slack Sabbath pays tribute to Black Sabbath at 529! Western swing it up with Asleep at the Wheel at City Winery! Spend the night opera-style with Andrea Bocelli at the Infinite Energy Center! Get folksy at Smith’s Olde Bar with McKenzie Jasper, Betsy Phillips, Book Club and more! Or get your folk fix at Waller’s Coffee Shop with Brooksie Wells and Billy Gewin! Funk it up at The Vista Room with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guests Funk Cake! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for The Vineyard Band! Get funky and make your way to Suite Food Lounge for Michael Henderson’s Valentine’s Concert! Rock out with Teenage Bottlerocket and Tightwire at The Earl! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Blind Willie’s! Space it up with W8ing4UFOs at Buteco! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, February 14

It’s St. Valentine’s Day folks and you know what that means! We’ve dug up a variety of rockin’ vintage shindigs taking place tonight, that we know will get your blood pumping and all set for that shot to the heart! Keep your eyes peeled for our Throwback to the 20th Century Valentine’s Day Guide, coming soon! Get retro-rocked with Chrome Castle at The Earl during their Record Release Party with The Preakness and Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s The Compartmentalizationalists! Catch a Legacy Series screening of Gene Kelly’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) at SCADShow at 7pm! Sunny Ortiz of Widespread Panic jams out at The Vista Room, and pays homage to Santana! Get countrified with Alan Jackson at State Farm Arena! Get Sweet ‘n’ Salty at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, February 15

Roots rock it up with Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get rocked with the New Bomb Turks, Nine Pound Hammer and Dusty Booze at The Earl! Venkman’s presents a free Sade Acoustic Tribute at 6:30pm, followed by Isaac Lee III (Baby Teddy) paying tribute to Teddy Pendergrass at 9:30pm! Get rocked with Tesla at the Buckhead Theatre! Get funky and help celebrate Sweetwater Brewing Company’s 25th Anniversary with Arrested Development, Dumpstaphunk and more! Folk rock it up with Michael Kiwanuka at the Variety Playhouse! Want something a little spookier this season of love? Why not spook on down to Netherworld for their Scream in the Dark event at 6:30pm! Take a peek at love and romance Old Hollywood-style with a screening of Michael CurtizCASABLANCA (1942) at The Earl Smith Strand Theater at 8pm, featuring a live organ pops variety show and sing-along featuring The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ at 7:30pm! Or if you’re lookin’ for a little late-night rendezvous with a few transsexual aliens, stick around and catch The Strand’s screening of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 11:55pm! Relive Woodstock with Kitten Fontaine at The Vista Room! Get the Chicago blues with Harvey Brindell at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, DJ Romeo Cologne and DJ Kwasi Mandisco transforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours of the night.

Sunday, February 16

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a special screening of Charlie Chaplin’s THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) at The Plaza Theater at 1pm! Croon on down to The Vista Room for Joe Gransden’s Valentine’s Dinner Show with Robin Latimore! Ana Gabriel brings you a night of Latin pop at the Infinite Energy Center! Get retro rocked with Kool Kat Adam McIntyre with The Pinx and Jimbo Mathus at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get bewitched and catch a screening of Alfonso Cuaron’s HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004) at theatres across Atlanta [Northlake Festival Movie Tavern (Tucker); GTC Merchant’s Walk Cinemas (Marietta); Movie Tavern at Horizon Village (Suwannee); and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (Sandy Springs)! Get the blues with Jet Black at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!


Make your way to Synchronicity Theatre for a steam punk version of The Hobbit, through Feb. 23!

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta presents their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit, kicking tail through May 10!

New-Wave it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during an 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party every 2nd Saturday of the month at Amsterdam Atlanta!

Have a deadly good time during Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Dance every 4th Saturday at Amsterdam Atlanta!

Geek it up as NerdLanta presents their Back to the ‘80s Movie Night, every third Thursday of the month, at Mother Bar+Kitchen!

ATL CRAFT presents a magical occult Movie Night every second Friday of every month!

My Parents’ Basement goes old-school with their monthly Pinball Tournament, every first Wednesday of the month!

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday!

Get your vinyl fix during Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction! event, every Monday!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

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